Monday, April 20, 2009

Summer Daze

What can I say? Flair Designs continues to provide easy to use embellishments and designs that are sure to please everyone from the novice to even the most advanced paper crafter.

Flair’s newest collection, Summer Daze, is sure to put you in the mood for summer, but don’t think that you are just limited to using summertime photos with this collection. I will show you how I used this collection for a fall photo, and everyday projects.

First, there are 8 beautiful patterns to choose from in this new collection. The colors contain everything from cool ocean blues, beautiful grassy greens, to sizzling oranges, pinks, reds, and much more! Secondly, Flair has designed 3 different sheets of embellishments that coordinate with this collection; Summer Daze cardstock stickers, Summer Daze Quotes Clear-cut stickers, and Fantastic Plastic Summertime Shapes. And last but not least, the Trim w/ Flair Citrus Tree coordinates perfectly with the Summer Daze collection.

I have been using Flair Designs products in my scrapbooking and paper crafting projects for several years now, and I was delighted about the two newest products that Flair has introduced, Fantastic Plastic and Trim w/ Flair. The Fantastic Plastic product is group of die cut shapes that are transparent and self-adhesive. This is why this plastic is so “fantastic”. Trying to find the right adhesive for transparent embellishments is always a struggle due to the adhesive showing through the piece. Since the adhesive is already on each of the die cut pieces, these transparent shapes were a dream to work with!

Another new product from Flair Designs is the Trim w/Flair. This is a ribbon style, self-adhesive paper trim that is packaged in a clear plastic wrapper with a cardboard backing that is perforated for easy dispensing of the paper trim. The package contains three different colors and styles of paper trim that are hand rolled onto a cardboard roller prior to packaging.

I knew that I wanted to use the Walk in the Park paper but I wasn’t sure how to make it work with this photograph that was taken of me last fall. That is when I got the idea to hand cut the tree from the paper. The Pieces of Flair paper was filled with warm rich colors that reminded me of fall so I used it for the shape of my tree. I wanted the phrase “Sunshine on my shoulders” to be more prominent so I cut around the phrase to allow the corner of my photograph and the tree branches to slip neatly behind. On the Walk in the Park paper the trees have little flowers on them and I decided to mimic that by adding some cardstock stickers to the branches of the tree. The round flower embellishment was made from the leftover Pieces of Flair and because the Summertime Shapes were self-adhesive, I backed a small flower with glitter and attached it to the center of my larger flower with a small adhesive dot. I added two different Citrus Tree trims to the bottom of my photo and then attached my handmade flower along with some additional flowers cut from the Flower Shower paper. The vine was made from the Summertime Shapes by adding alcohol ink to the front and glitter to the adhesive side. My title was cut from the Walking on Sunshine paper and with a few more embellishments and some Stickles for added sparkle - my layout was complete.

Title: Just Me
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Summer Daze Paper (Flair)
Citrus Tree Paper Trim (Flair)
Sumer Time Fantastic Plastic (Flair)
Summer Daze Cardstock Stickers (Flair)
Glitter (PK Glitz)
Stickles (Ranger)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Machine Stitching
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I designed this photo frame as a gift for my cousin. I began by applying gesso to the entire frame and I added a texture using an old toothbrush. Once the gesso was dry I painted the frame with an acrylic paint then applied the Block Party paper using a gel medium. I added one of the Citrus Tree paper trims to the right side of the frame and a cardstock sticker to the left. I die cut the flower from the Flower Shower paper and edged the petals with ink. To add some sparkle I used a glitter pen to make some doodling on the petals and also to add color to the plastic transparent flower found on the Summertime Shapes sheet. I had some leftover pieces from the tree that I cut from the Walk in the Park paper so I added them to the flower for leaves and all I needed to do was add the photo and my frame would be complete.

  Picture-Frame-upclose Tammy_SummerDaze3
Title: Frame
Products used: Patterned Paper (Flair)
Paper Trim (Flair)
Cardboard Sticker (Flair)
Fantastic Plastic (Flair)
Glitter Pen (Atyou Spica, Copic)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Acrylic Paint (Claudine Hellmuth)
Gel Medium (Claudine Hellmuth)
Colorbox ink (Clearsnap)
Frame (Hobby Lobby)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

I often wished I had a tag to add as an embellishment or to use on a gift bag so I decided to use some of the leftover pieces to create these three tags. The butterfly tag was made using Summer Daze Words and adding a strip of trim to the side. I cut out a butterfly from the Flutter By paper and used alcohol ink on one of the plastic pieces before applying it to the cut out butterfly. Then I added a clear cut quote and a cardstock sticker to the tag and used the rick rack paper trim as the ribbon (I did not remove the paper backing so not expose the adhesive).

The blue tag was made using the Cool Waters paper and I added a clear cut quote sticker to a piece of Prism cardstock. I used alcohol inks on the swirl transparent piece and adhered it to the top and bottom of my quote. A few strips of bling, a ribbon, and my tag was done.

My last tag is sort of a tag/gift all in one. The base of the tag is made from the Walk in the Park paper and I made a pocket from the Block Party paper. I added a piece of paper trim to the bottom of the pocket along with a cardstock sticker and a hand cut flower from Walk in the Park and I have a great little gift card holder.

Title: Tags
Products used: Patterned Paper (Flair)
Paper Trim (Flair)
Cardboard Sticker (Flair)
Clear Stickers (Flair)
Fantastic Plastic (Flair)
Colorbox Ink (Clearsnap)
Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Bling (Paper Studio)
Ribbon (Misc)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The new Flair Fantastic Plastic and Trim w/Flair are a welcome addition to the Flair Designs product line. The Fantastic Plastic has so many possibilities and responded well to the various mediums that I used with the pieces. The Trim w/Flair has a thin paper backing that when removed exposes the adhesive. The adhesive that is used seems to be more along the lines of a removable adhesive meaning that it was easy to reposition the trim after it was placed on the project. Once the trim was in place, I pressed down firmly and the trim became permanently adhered to my project.

The Summer Daze collection from Flair along with the new Trim w/Flair and Fantastic Plastic should be put at the top of your shopping list.

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